This picture from Mars Pathfinder was taken at 9:30 AM in
the martian morning (2:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time), after the spacecraft
landed earlier today (July 4, 1997). The picture shows these Sojourner rover
perched on one of three solar panels. The rover is 65 cm (26 inches) long
by 18 cm (7 inches) tall; each of its wheels is about 13 cm (5 inches) high.
The white material to the left of the front of the rover is part of the
airbag system used to cushion the landing.
Many rocks of different of different sizes can be seen, set
in a background of reddish soil. The landing site is in the mouth of an
ancient channel carved by water. The rocks may be primarily flood debris.
The horizon is seen towards the top of the picture. The light brown hue
of the sky results from suspended dust.
Large boulders are visible in this enlargement of pictures
taken by the Mars Pathfinder lander camera on July 4, 1997. The landing
site is in the dry flood channel named Ares Valles. The boulders probably
represent deposits from one of the catastrophic floods that carved the ancient
channel. Between the rocks is brownish windblown soil. The gray-tan sky
results from dust particles in the atmosphere.
This closeup picture of the Mars Pathfinder lander shows the
front of the small Sojourner rover, perched on a solar panel. The white
material in front of the rover is a portion of the air bag system. Beyond
the air bag is the rock-strewn Martian surface. A number of image processing
artifacts are seen in this picture. Most apparent are seams between sub-frames
offsetting portions of the rover's wheels and solar panel, color fringes
that result from viewing the rover from the two separated eyes of the camera,
and blocky fringes near edges and smooth areas that are created by data
This is one of the first pictures taken by the camera on the
Mars Pathfinder lander shortly after its touchdown at 10:07 AM Pacific Daylight
Time on July 4, 1997. The small rover, named Sojourner, is seen in the foreground
in its position on a solar panel of the lander. The white material on either
side of the rover is part of the deflated airbag system used to absorb the
shock of the landing. Between the rover and the horizon is the rock-strewn
martian surface. Two hills are seen in the right distance, profiled against
the light brown sky.
In this image from the Pathfinder IMP camera, a diversity
of rocks are strewn in the foreground. A hill is visible in the distance
(the notch within the hill is an image artifact). Airbags are seen at the
View of martian surface taken by the Imager for Mars Pathfinder
(IMP), the camera on board the Mars Pathfinder lander. This image was taken
in mid-morning on Mars (2:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time, July 4, 1997). Part
of the small rover, Sojourner, is visible on the left side of the picture.
The tan cylinder to the right of the rover is one of two rolled-up ramps
by which the rover will descend to the ground. The white, billowy material
in the center of the picture is part of the airbag system. Many rocks of
different shapes and sizes are visible between the lander and the horizon.
Two hills are visible on the horizon. The notch on the left side of the
leftmost conical hill is an artifact of the processing of this picture.
This image from the Pathfinder IMP camera shows the rear part
of the Sojourner rover, the rolled-up rear ramp, and portions of the partially
deflated airbags. The Alpha Proton X-ray Spectrometer is protruding from
the rear (right side) of the rover. The airbags behind the rover are presently
blocking the ramp from being safely unfurled.
This image from the Mars Pathfinder IMP camera shows airbags
in the foreground, a large rock in the mid-field, and a hill in the background.
This image from the Mars Pathfinder IMP camera shows portions
of the airbags, part of a petal, soil, and several rocks. The furrows in
the soil were artificially produced by the retraction of the airbags after